At the time, I thought that what she really was saying was that we should be happy to die living up to these impossible, one-sided standards --secure in the knowledge of our vast moral superiority.
Needless to say, it does not much appeal much to me to die so that in my last moments I can experience a rush of moral superiority. It seems so incredibly narcissistic, and not particularly bright.
It is this kind of warped thinking that encourages evil to believe they can win the war with good; and you can almost hear them laughing in delight and wonder at the idiotic notion that by deliberately tying our hands behind our own back and wearing the badge of morally righteous superiority as a blazing shield will give us some sort of advantage over them.
Thomas Sowell's op-ed this morning is exactly right:
When you enter a boxing ring, you agree to abide by the rules of boxing. But when you are attacked from behind in a dark alley, you would be a fool to abide by the Marquis of Queensbury rules. If you do, you can end up being a dead fool.
Even with a nuclear Iran looming on the horizon and the prospect that its nuclear weapons will end up in the hands of international terrorists that it has been sponsoring for years, many in the media and in the government that is supposed to protect us have been preoccupied with whether we are being nice enough to the terrorists in our custody.
If this was just a case of a handful of headstrong senators, who want us to play by the Marquis of Queensbury rules while we are being kicked in the groin and slashed with knives, that would be bad enough. But the issue of applying the Geneva convention to people who were never covered by the Geneva convention originated in the Supreme Court of the United States.
In short, the clash between Senator McCain, et al., and the President of the United States is more than just another political clash. It is part of a far more general, and ultimately suicidal, confusion and hand-wringing in the face of mortal dangers.
Let me be perfectly clear. We are morally superior to the animals we fight. They are the ones who have no respect for human life, human dignity, or human freedom; and they demonstrate this in their behavior on a daily basis.
Maudlin handwringing and suicidal agonizing as a response to their reckless hate and unyielding determination to kill or enslave us would not seem to be a very effective strategy.
In fact, it is a sign of complete moral irresponsibility and a betrayal of all that we value.